Feral cat supporters
The feral cat population has been a major problem for many U.S. cities in recent decades… However, euthanasia is not the answer, because a city can trap every feral in a colony, and within weeks, just as many cats will show up to take over the now vacant territory.
You must implement humane and effective trap-neuter-release programs so that the feral cat population does not continue to grow… These types of control techniques do not harm feral cats when done correctly and are supported by the national advocacy organization, Alley Cat Allies as well as Dumpster Cats and A Buddy for Life.
A petition directed to Elkton Mayor and Commissioner Rob Alt urging him to stop the inhumane killing of feral cats as a means of population control can be found here. … Since humane methods of controlling the population have proven effective, this is the approach that must be used in Elkton.
Trap-Neuter-Return stabilizes feral cat populations. The cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, and neutered, so no more kittens will be born. They are then returned to their original location to live out their lives in their outdoor home.
This doesn’t mean the cats are unloved or abandoned. Feral colony caregivers feed these cats on a daily basis and see to their safety. Shelter is provided in the winter, so the cats can live in comfort.
Not only is Trap-Neuter-Return the humane option for feral cats, it also improves cats’ lives by relieving them of the stresses of mating and pregnancy. No longer will residents in an area hear the howls and fights taking place as they do with male cats fighting over the neighborhood females.
In the end, unlike catch and kill, TNR works, and is the only thing that works.
Elkton news and announcements on their position concerning feral cats
In a May 27 post on the Elkton website the following was posted
“Important message to all citizens who have an interest in the Town of Elkton’s agreement with the Eastern Shore Animal Rescue League:
There seems to be a misunderstanding regarding the Town’s position pertaining to feral cats in Elkton. The following is a brief summary regarding this matter:
The Town of Elkton does not euthanize any animal, nor are we seeking extermination of the feral cat population within our Town, especially those animals that are being cared for by compassionate citizens.”
If a town resident complains of an unwanted animal that continually comes onto the resident’s property, the town says they have to respond to that complaint. This is what happened that precipitated Elkton to contacting Buddy for Life and the Eastern Shore Animal Rescue League.
According to the Town, the Eastern Shore Animal Rescue League has a no-kill policy, however there does contain some language to enable the league to humanely address rabies and other emergencies.
The Town of Elkton says they will be glad to provide citizens with a list of those citizens and organizations who are willing to care for feral colonies. The biggest problem the Town faces is those who complain about feral cats want them removed from private property.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the Mayor and Commissioners Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Elkton Town Hall on Railroad Avenue.
This would be a good meeting for feral colony caregivers to attend. Keeping in line with previous meets of a similar topic, you can bet those residents who want the cats removed from their property will be there.
The cats desperately need members of the feral colony caregivers to attend and defend TNR. A lot of residents may not know there is an effective, humane solution. The point that removing the cats from their home and killing them will not solve the problem. It never has and it never will.
Those who attend also need to bring up the topic of under what conditions the cats can be euthanized. Many rescues and shelters consider feral cats as “unadoptable,” meaning they can kill them simply for being feral. Being feral shouldn’t be a death sentence, and the advocates who attend the June 3 meeting need to stress this.
You can contact the mayor by phone at (410) 398-0970. He also has a Facebook page here in case you’d like to send him a message defending the ferals of Elkton.